Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2012

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Isidore Lobnibe

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, over 150,000 South Korean children have been adopted by American and European families. Those in the U.S. are often referred to as KADs or Korean American adoptees. Utilizing participant observation and interviews conducted in South Korea, I examine how Confucian ideology, which stresses consanguineal relations, has directly affected the ways in which the Korean government and society view KADs and adoption and, consequently, shape the expectations placed upon KADs in a Korean context. I argue that KADs experience identity confusion and identity reconfiguration in the search for a sense of belonging in a country that has historically been ashamed of them.

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